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Worldwide Partner Conference
Special Device Opportunity at WPC
Jon Roskill
Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft
6/20/2013 10:00 AM
Hello partners!
 
Since the last WPC, Microsoft has launched some groundbreaking new products, including the Surface RT and Surface Pro.
 
Surface is a great productive tablet. I’ve heard so many of you say that once you experience touch-based computing on Windows 8, you discover how much more you can do, and you find new opportunities to grow your business with Microsoft devices and services. That’s good for all of us.  
 
We want to make the Surface easily available to our WPC partners, who tend to be some of the most invested and innovative partners Microsoft has the pleasure of working with. In deep appreciation of our WPC partners and with much excitement for the opportunities we share in devices and services, we are excited to announce a special offer for WPC partner participants.
 
From July 7th through July 11th, 2013, WPC attendees will be able to purchase Surface RT and Surface Pro for:
  • Surface RT 64GB with touch cover: $99.99 USD
  • Surface Pro 128GB standalone: $399.99 USD
WPC is all about the opportunities ahead, and we are committed to helping our partners experience first-hand the value of the latest technologies. This includes the hardware innovation we continue to see from our OEM partners with the incredible Windows devices we bring to market together. In addition to this offer, attendees will be able to see and touch the latest Windows 8 devices and software at our expansive device showcase, customer immersion experience area and device sessions throughout the week.
 
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Houston, where we will have more to share as we accelerate growth and find new opportunities together this year and beyond.
 
If you have any questions, be sure to check back on Digital WPC next week for additional details— and if you aren’t going to WPC yet, remember to register for the conference today!
 
Best,
Jon
 
comments(100)
Nik
07 Aug 2013 - Hello I could not attend wpc. Is there a possibility to get pro who registered but could not attend
Jay
10 Jul 2013 - I would at least offered it as well to those of us who couldn't afford to pay the $2K for the entire week and could only be there for a day or two. It's a great discount and a promotional item as well, but it would have been nice to offer it to ALL Partners and not just the ones that pay the most money.
Jdb
10 Jul 2013 - Line was below 45 minutes most of the day today.
Alissa
09 Jul 2013 - Great offer but what a line up. How can people afford to spend this much time in line?????
Mike Mills
08 Jul 2013 - Can you say poor planning. two plus hours today as well. i dont see why this is such a process. its a transaction. I guess from what i understand each person is getting the device set up which is take a little. I dont see any reason that we cannot get this done faster. having folks wait in line for 2 hours or more is unacceptably. How about we do this. 1. People that just want to purchase and walk out have one line 2. People that need help can say in a longer line 3. Open the store until 11pm, start at 6am. 4. Let partners purchase at retail store for the month of July
Horst N.
08 Jul 2013 - Passing them on physically at the conference is a pretty poor idea; many many attendees are fom abroad and run into difficulties getting these devices home. Why didn't you do the same method as at TechEd Madrid, where the attendees got Promo Codes for the Microsoft store and thus get the devices sent home, localized? That would be less effort for all sides, by far!
Griff
08 Jul 2013 - I'm here to attend a very valuable conference. Not to stand 4 hours in a line. Much as I would like to get one, I have a duty to attend the sessions - that is what my employer paid for. Guess I will miss out! Perfect example of not planning for demand.
Jeffery S. Lauria
08 Jul 2013 - Very disappointed with Microsoft. On Sunday (7/7) they stopped selling the devices about 3 to 4 hours early as the line was too lone (2 hours). I would have expected a better process. Lets see if today is any better.
princer800
07 Jul 2013 - Great way to get devices in the hands of people who can represent the product. we have on RT but looking forward to a PRO - might get some traction in our Medical POC world.
Chijioke Eke
07 Jul 2013 - Looking forward to owning my personal MS Surface Pro! Why the limitation as I would have loved to get a pro for my lovely Techie wife and Son. Now MS is going to create a near-revolt in my home...!!! lol!!
IC
05 Jul 2013 - Not a bad deal, but really this thing should have a end user replaceable battery.. There's no need for this type of unit not to have this..
Daiana Coelho
04 Jul 2013 - Great news! I'll certainly buy it!
Francisco Romero
04 Jul 2013 - can't miss offer!
Mandheer Sehmi
04 Jul 2013 - any limits to numbers purchased And stocks required Pls
ToniL
04 Jul 2013 - What a great opportunity, does these have full support to scandinavian letters, like ä, ö. See you in H! BR: Toni
Jim Casey
04 Jul 2013 - what a great offer, when will someone from MS respond on if there is a limit to the number each can buy?
ANTONIO AUGUSTO - EXECPLAN BRAZIL
04 Jul 2013 - Very good idea Jon, congratulations by the initiative. I propose that more devices can be purchased by partners, because it is need to presentations of all partners and more surfasse presentations create more Surface sell, all win together.
Mukes Thumar
04 Jul 2013 - This is the best thing done by Microsoft, as partners we should be using Microsoft devices now.
Chris Hayes
03 Jul 2013 - Great news
Arnaldo Murasaki
03 Jul 2013 - Good deal. Plan to purchase 1 of each. Is there a limit?
Jordie Braidwood
02 Jul 2013 - Looking forward to the Surface Pro, I'm sure I'll be selling my Lenovo Tablet 2 as soon as I get back from WPC. :)
Hui Song LEE
02 Jul 2013 - Great! Will definitely get one.
Hui Song LEE
02 Jul 2013 - Great! Will definitely get one.
YC - Singapore
02 Jul 2013 - any chance to have type cover instead of touch cover for RT?
Jim W.
02 Jul 2013 - awesome! Can't wait to purchase. Is there a limit? I'd like to buy 2RT's and 1Pro
David
02 Jul 2013 - Is there any chance the offer could extend to the crews working at the event. I was at the brilliant TechEd Europe in Madrid last week and I know lots of the crew there were really excited by Surface, but terribly disappointed when they discovered the offer wasn't available to them :-(
Thierry ROLLAND
01 Jul 2013 - Great News, I want one !
Wendy Dolan
01 Jul 2013 - That is a great offer! How do I reserve one?
Daniela Hansen
01 Jul 2013 - Great!! This an opportunity... I will get them :) Thanks
Jim W.
01 Jul 2013 - awesome! Can't wait to purchase. Is there a limit? I'd like to buy 2RT's and 1Pro
Juan Pablo Pazos
01 Jul 2013 - Is this something that you can buy at the registration desk?
Juan Rodriguez
01 Jul 2013 - Amazing. I can wait to get mine.
Matthew Baker - Ad Astra Technology, Inc.
01 Jul 2013 - Hey folks, there is more information available at this page: http://www.digitalwpc.com/Community/Perspectives/Pages/Partners-Meet-Surface-at-WPC.aspx#fbid=bTHwDoKjSzx See you there!
Beth Armendariz
29 Jun 2013 - This is great news. I have been using mine for a few months and love it; looking forward to picking up more. Does anyone know "where" this opportunity will happen yet?
Pietro Verzi - Germany - Europe
28 Jun 2013 - Great offer... just bad for all others who cann't visit WPC. In my case, I'm from Germany and one week USA is not so easy for us, cause there high cost of accommodation and flights, as well as lost work time. It would be cool, if the next WPC is in Europe and maybe the Surface offer applies to all partners. Well...
María Cozzi
28 Jun 2013 - Thanks Jon! WPC excellent opportunity!
Reza Honarmand
28 Jun 2013 - Great offer. Of the 30+ attending from Tech Data, almost all will try to take advantage along with the other 15,000. This WILL get the channel interested. Here's hoping for great organizational skills to match the offer. Would love for EVERYONE to invest in one, AND make all the meetings... I'm sure we can count on you. Thank you!
Marcus Grossbecker
28 Jun 2013 - GREAT! Will try to get both.
Oliver von Ahlen
28 Jun 2013 - Great offer, will get one
Oliver von Ahlen
28 Jun 2013 - Great offer, will get one
Michael Klein
28 Jun 2013 - Great............
BLEEK TECH
28 Jun 2013 - Good deal. Plan to purchase 1 of each. Is there a limit?
Michael Klein
27 Jun 2013 - Great............
Michael Klein
27 Jun 2013 - Great News, I will have one
Michael Klein
27 Jun 2013 - Great News, I will have one
Pat McCorkell
27 Jun 2013 - Too good to miss buying one!
Tony Coloe
27 Jun 2013 - I want one for sure. Not sure whether RT or Pro but I am leaning to Pro.
Keith Bourgoin
27 Jun 2013 - PLEASE Microsoft, if you need to put a CAP, make it a 3 or 4 RT devices limit per attendee ! This is our opportunity to spread the word through our immediate family by bringing them onboard on the Windows 8 generation and give a kick to all those other sub-standard, no-flash, unstable devices out there...
Keith Bourgoin
27 Jun 2013 - PLEASE Microsoft, if you need to put a CAP, make it a 3 or 4 RT devices limit per attendee ! This is our opportunity to spread the word through our immediate family by bringing them onboard on the Windows 8 generation and give a kick to all those other sub-standard, no-flash, unstable devices out there...
Keith Bourgoin
27 Jun 2013 - PLEASE Microsoft, if you need to put a CAP, make it a 3 or 4 RT devices limit per attendee ! This is our opportunity to spread the word through our immediate family by bringing them onboard on the Windows 8 generation and give a kick to all those other sub-standard, no-flash, unstable devices out there...
Keith Bourgoin
27 Jun 2013 - PLEASE Microsoft, if you need to put a CAP, make it a 3 or 4 RT devices limit per attendee ! This is our opportunity to spread the word through our immediate family by bringing them onboard on the Windows 8 generation and give a kick to all those other sub-standard, no-flash, unstable devices out there...
Simon Grumbt
27 Jun 2013 - A great offer, I shall be purchasing :)
Jaimin Shah
27 Jun 2013 - Great offer!! Hope they will also keep keyboard and other accosories, so we can buy everything togather!
Eddy
26 Jun 2013 - Espero estar por allá para comprar una. esta muy buena la promisión.
Jacobo
26 Jun 2013 - Way to go Microsoft! Get your partners engaged and be part of this momentum.
Jesper Gronbaek
25 Jun 2013 - Really good initiative - give the partners the MS hardware as soon as possible, as you do with most MS software. We love to promote your devices, since they run the software and services we are building our business on.
Jesper Gronbaek
25 Jun 2013 - Really good initiative - give the partners the MS hardware as soon as possible, as you do with most MS software. We love to promote your devices, since they run the software and services we are building our business on.
Anders Gronlund
25 Jun 2013 - I get almost a bit worried - This sounds too good....I mean when 15000 partners will try to buy one of each (I am counting with low quantity numbers)...I am guessing this will be a logistic challenge...Will you be prepared for this Microsoft? :-)
Anders Gronlund
25 Jun 2013 - I get almost a bit worried - This sounds too good....I mean when 15000 partners will try to buy one of each (I am counting with low quantity numbers)...I am guessing this will be a logistic challenge...Will you be prepared for this Microsoft? :-)
Roberto Erazo
25 Jun 2013 - Is possible to get more than one? I want to buy 3 PRO and 1 RT
Douglas Euzebio
25 Jun 2013 - Excellent ! Can I purchase in advance in the WPC Connect ?
John H.
25 Jun 2013 - Nice offer. Are you able to purchase more than one of the devices?
Mitch Friend
25 Jun 2013 - Great! I will certainly take advantage of this offer!
Anders Gronlund
25 Jun 2013 - I get almost a bit worried - This sounds too good....I mean when 15000 partners will try to buy one of each (I am counting with low quantity numbers)...I am guessing this will be a logistic challenge...Will you be prepared for this Microsoft? :-)
Sultan Hamdani
25 Jun 2013 - Awesome, what happens if they run out ?
Juan Carlos Leal
25 Jun 2013 - Excellent offer Jon, thank you. Are we going to be able to buy 1RT and 1Pro at least as in TechEd? See you in Houston!
Luis Lepine
25 Jun 2013 - ¡¡¡YO QUIERO MI SURFACE PRO!!!! Excellent offer, I'll come back from WPC not just with more knowledge, new contacts and business opportunities, but also with my MS Surface. =)
Ruchadawan
25 Jun 2013 - great news for partners. How many Surface partners can buy for this great offering?
Adrian Miranda (XT)
24 Jun 2013 - Definitely i'll buy at least one in the WPC. Thanks and see you in Houston :)
Hervé
24 Jun 2013 - Do we havé possibilité to but it un différent langage and différent touch cover keyboard or on l'y Querty ????
Luis Lepine
24 Jun 2013 - ¡¡¡YO QUIERO MI SURFACE PRO!!!! Excellent offer, I'll come back from WPC not just with more knowledge, new contacts and business opportunities, but also with my MS Surface. =)
Asare Boateng
24 Jun 2013 - This is great offer. Congratulations Microsoft.
Asare Boateng
24 Jun 2013 - This is great offer. Congratulations Microsoft.
Javier
24 Jun 2013 - This offer is Great to promote surface among partners and thus customers will have more facetime with it. It would be great to be able to place the order online ahead of WPC and get some sort of voucher so we can skip the long lines and don't miss on any of the great conferences throughout the event. If its not asking too much but receiving the order at registration would be awesome as we already have to make that line anyway and we would get the device ahead of the event start so we don't even take our notebook computers and use the surface instead. This is shaping to be a great WPC already, Thanks Microsoft!!!
Javier
24 Jun 2013 - This offer is Great to promote surface among partners and thus customers will have more facetime with it. It would be great to be able to place the order online ahead of WPC and get some sort of voucher so we can skip the long lines and don't miss on any of the great conferences throughout the event. If its not asking too much but receiving the order at registration would be awesome as we already have to make that line anyway and we would get the device ahead of the event start so we don't even take our notebook computers and use the surface instead. This is shaping to be a great WPC already, Thanks Microsoft!!!
Chintamani
24 Jun 2013 - really great offer, have the Pro so planning to buy the RT, and also a Win8 Phone if there is any attractive offer on that too.
Chintamani
24 Jun 2013 - really great offer, have the Pro so planning to buy the RT, and also a Win8 Phone if there is any attractive offer on that too.
Madhusudan
24 Jun 2013 - Is there a cap on devices that an attendee can buy?
Olaf Holst
24 Jun 2013 - Whow, finaly! I am looking forwared to get my Pro :-)
Marlon Molina
23 Jun 2013 - cannot wait to get my pro
HIsham
23 Jun 2013 - Hi Jon, is there a limitation on the quantity that each one can buy? Thanks, Hisham
daniel armitage
23 Jun 2013 - Great offer
HIsham
23 Jun 2013 - Hi Jon, is there a limitation on the quantity that each one can buy? Thanks, Hisham
Russ
23 Jun 2013 - Thx.. We will max out also
Russ
23 Jun 2013 - Thx.. We will max out also
Roque Macias
22 Jun 2013 - Getting PRO for sure!
Frank
22 Jun 2013 - Way too expensive!
Javier Ron
22 Jun 2013 - a Pro for me, thanks Jon
Hugo Martinez
22 Jun 2013 - great idea
Matthew Cowen
22 Jun 2013 - Hi Jon, The offer is really good. For that I'm sure we all thank you. I was at TechEd and this offer was available, but the execution was a little lacking. In fact there were queues of upto 2 hours ! Can you organize it differently please ? What you could do is offer the purchase at the registration desk that issues a voucher for pick up. That way you can purchase (maybe even pay) then pick up at your leisure reducing the queues and the pressure to stand in line during valuable hours not used for sessions. I know I missed a good session because the queue was slightly reduced ! BTW for all those asking the questions : 1. There were enough for everybody, they had LOADS of stock. 2. The offer was limited to 1 Pro and 1 RT only for that price. Many thanks.
Laurent LOCARDEL
22 Jun 2013 - it's Great opportunity for my 5th participation at WPC ! Are we limited for quantity of prurchase ?
Sarika Malhotra
22 Jun 2013 - Great, I definitely plan to pick up the Pro.
Peter Renner
22 Jun 2013 - Thank you Jon! yet another value to attend WPC
Reza Honarmand.
21 Jun 2013 - Superb offer. Looking forward to WPC.
Daniel Letica
21 Jun 2013 - Awesome offer!! Thanks Jon and MSFT
Daniel Letica
21 Jun 2013 - Awesome offer!! Thanks Jon and MSFT
Tina Kelly
21 Jun 2013 - Fantastic news thanks Jon. Can't wait!
Graham Lane
21 Jun 2013 - sounds great :)
Adriano Marques
21 Jun 2013 - Amazing!!! Sounds Great Microsoft's!!
Michelle Hollis
21 Jun 2013 - Way to go...awesome deal!

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